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Commentary - characters from Khaled Hosseinis The Kite Runner and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichies Purple Hibiscus share parallel experiences because of the various political conflicts brought upon their countries.

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Lumbangaol Witha Lumbangaol Ms. Nataly Shaheen ENG 3U0-B 23 December 2011 Beware: An Influential and Dangerous Government on Leash Outline Thesis: Political instabilities affect personal lives as seen similarly through family displacement, death and psychological trauma. I. Family Displacement The invasion of the Soviets causes Baba and Amir to flee Kabul and move to America Aunt Ifeoma and her children are forced to move to America II. Death A. Taliban shoots Hassan as a result of him refusing to leave the house B. Military Head of State bombs Ade Coker for standing up to the corrupt government III. Psychological trauma Sohrab?s difficulty dealing with his parent?s death and his abuse causes him to become completely socially withdrawn After Ade Coker?s daughter witnesses her father being blown up, she stops talking ________________ Witha Lumbangaol Ms. Nataly Shaheen ENG 3U0-B 23 December 2011 Beware: An Influential and Dangerous Government on Leash One of the most significant influences of the human race is the government?s impact on society. For example, when a war is declared, many civilians are called to leave their families behind and risk their lives in order to fight for their country. ...read more.


I have applied for a visa at the American Embassy" (Adichie 261). Aunty Ifeoma is a university professor, and because the head officials believe she is involved with a student riot, they fire her. This causes her family to suffer more as her family is already in a dire state. Political stability therefore affects both Baba?s family and Aunty Ifeoma?s family, as both families must depart to another country so they can make an adequate living. Another prevalent effect of political corruption is that many people lose their lives in both Afghanistan and Nigeria. In The Kite Runner, the innocent lives of Hassan and his wife are taken as a result of objecting to false government accusations. The Taliban instantly kill Hassan and his wife as they are shot for protesting against allegations stating that they are Hazara Muslims living in a house without a master (Hosseini 231). This false accusation and brutal solution portrays how cruel and discriminative the Taliban rulers are against Hazaras, a religious minority of Afghanistan. Citizens, especially ones who live under a totalitarian regime, unfortunately do not often get the chance to voice their opinions revolving around the decisions of their controlling government. ...read more.


The death of Ade Coker causes mental and physical deterioration to those who are close to him as well as the people who witness his death. Kambili?s father Eugene becomes slower in his movements and sometimes shouts senseless words amongst other concerns, whilst Ade Coker?s daughter stops talking for four months after her father?s death (Adichie 207, 259). The impact of Ade?s death caused by the government is so traumatic that people start to show signs of mental and physical trauma. As such, many people in both The Kite Runner and Purple Hibiscus suffer psychological trauma and react in different ways to the horrors they witness caused by political trials. In conclusion, the result of forced family migration, the senseless death of innocent lives, and the mental derangement of others efficiently shows how government or political instabilities can forever alter the human conscience. The characters from The Kite Runner and Purple Hibiscus share many common trials because of government interjection. All around the world, there are many examples of human depravity because of the government?s reluctance to relinquish their power. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, the trials of innocent lives caused by their nation?s political dilemmas will continue to come, but perhaps there will be a day when all suffering will end. ...read more.

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